California 6-year-old demands kids get measles shots


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (KRQE) – The spread of measles is now sparking a national debate about those who opt out of vaccinating their kids for personal beliefs.

On Wednesday, a school board is tossing that exemption out and a 6-year-old is demanding change. The boy asked the school board in California to end personal belief exemptions.

That allows parents to enroll kids in school without the required vaccination due to personal or spiritual beliefs.

Rhett Krawitt, 6, a leukemia survivor, is now well enough to get the vaccines, but he says for those who are too sick to get vaccinated, contracting the virus can be deadly. That’s why Rhett and is family pushed for the changes.

“But this story isn’t about Rhett. It’s about the expecting mothers, the babies, and the hundreds of kids with suppressed immune systems,” said Carl Krawitt, Rhett’s father.

In California, the school board voted in favor of Rhett and the new legislation – if the bill passes – California would join 33 states that do not allow personal belief exemptions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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